A Pakistan government source had in February said, “Mahmood is a senior diplomat who has handled high-pressure responsibilities, and can do this job well.”
Basit, 58, is the senior-most diplomat but the appointment of Foreign Secretary is not made simply by seniority as Prime Minister has the prerogative to appoint one of the senior officials of foreign ministry as the foreign secretary.
He also reiterated Pakistan’s desire for constructive talks and said that “it takes two to tango”.
“He was conveyed our hope that our accredited diplomats in Pakistan will be allowed to discharge their normal functions without hindrance,” said Swarup.
Basit made the statement during an Iftaar party he hosted at the High Commission. Jama Masjid’s Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari was among those present on the occasion.
Former Indian diplomat Vivek Katju, BJP ideologue Seshadri Chari, Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi and journalist Jatin Desai were the other speakers.
Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on Wednesday expressed hope on the resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue.
Basit addressed the students on topics of peace and harmony, which he believes, are prerequisites for development. The event was presided over by Mayor Arun Sood.
Speaking to The Indian Express at the Centre of Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), where he had come to deliver a talk, Basit said, “Our position is that we are waiting for India to tell us, convey to us when it is convenient for them to engage.”
“Once the stage is reached…India makes a request and then we will see,” said Sartaj Aziz in a TV interview.
While there was no official comment from South Block, sources pointed out the apparent contradiction between Basit and the Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson’s comments.
The truth behind Basit’s comments is depressing: Pakistan’s army has staged what can only be described as a foreign policy coup, rejecting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s efforts to seek normalisation with India.
Abdul Basit is both right and wrong on the bilateral dialogue process.
Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit was speaking at the Foreign Correspondents club in New Delhi.
Kher took to Twitter to express his appreciation, but said he would not be able to visit the country as he has “given away those dates now.”